Things You'll Need
- 2 yards of 45-inch wide fabric
- Pinking shears
- Paper plates
- Fabric paints
- Letter stencils less than a foot fall
- Shape stencils (optional)
- Stippling brushes (one for each color of paint)
A banner is a nice way to welcome anyone home who has been away for an extended period of time. You can purchase a custom-made banner from sign shops, but the cost probably won't be worth the one time use to you. Instead, make your own welcome home banner with some inexpensive supplies from the fabric store and a little time. Get the kids involved in this easy craft project.
Iron all the wrinkles out of your fabric.
Fold the piece of fabric in half selvage-to-selvage. The selvage edges of the fabric are more tightly woven than the rest of the fabric and sometimes have the maker of the fabric written down them.
Hold the selvage corners of the selvage edge closest to you between your thumbs and pointer fingers. Hold the corners of the other selvage edge between your pointer fingers and the rest of your fingers.
Wiggle the corners of the closest selvage edge up and down, left and right, until the fold of the fabric is straight and not twisted to square your fabric.
Lay the fabric down on a flat work surface and smooth the fold with your hands once you get the fold straight.
Trim the sides and the selvage edges with pinking shears to even out the sides and keep the fabric from fraying.
Pour some of each color of fabric paint onto a paper plate.
Lay your fabric out on a hard work surface covered with newspaper.
Center the C stencil on the fabric 2 inches down from the top edge of the fabric.
Dip a stencil brush in the color you want the C to be and stencil the C onto the fabric using an up and down dabbing motion. Do no rub the paint onto the fabric because then the paint will get under the edges of the stencil.
Stencil the rest of the letters in "Welcome" onto the fabric, in the same manner, working your way out on each side from the C.
Stencil the M in "Home" onto the banner just right of the center of the fabric 2 inches below the "Welcome".
Stencil the rest of "Home" onto the fabric working out from the M on either side.
Stencil the person's name for whom you are making the banner onto the fabric 2 inches below the "Home". Start with the middle letter centered on the fabric and work your way out. Use the right side middle letter placed just to the right of the center if their name has an even number of letters. Then, work your way out with the rest of the letters like you did for the first two words.
Stencil any shapes you want on the banner in the left over space on the fabric. Stencil shapes that have to do with where the person is coming home from or home-themed shapes to decorate the banner.
Let the banner dry for 2 hours, or until the fabric paint is completely dry before hanging it up with small nails or tacks.
Use solid colored fabrics or printed fabrics for your banner. For example, for returning member of the military you may use a camouflage patterned fabric to make the banner. Just make sure you choose fabric paints in colors that will show up clearly on an patterned fabrics.
Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.